A reanimated Inca princess makes her way to Sunnydale, where she sucks the life force from others in order to stay alive.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Angel (credit only)
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Joyce Summers
Henrik Rosvall ...
Sven (as Hendrik Rosvall)
Rodney Munson (as Joey Crawford)
Jonathan Levinson
Kristen Winnicki ...
Peru Man


While on a field trip to the local museum, one of the students breaks a ceramic seal in the coffin of an Incan mummy, who rises and must consume the life-force of others in order to remain alive. She tries to fit in with the students at Sunnydale, and even starts to have real feelings for Xander. But when Buffy, Willow, and Giles realize who and what she really is, they may have to rescue Xander before he becomes the mummy's next victim. Written by Alex

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6 October 1997 (USA)  »

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This episode marks the first appearance of Jonathan Levinson, a minor character who repeatedly pops up in Seasons Two, Three, Four, Six and Seven. In the early seasons, Jonathan often escapes near death situations through blind luck. In Season Six, he is a member of The Trio, with Warren Mears and Andrew Wells, the three men who have plans to take over Sunnydale. See more »


Explaining his costume for the cultural exchange party, Xander says: "I'm from the country of Leone. It's in Italy pretending to be Montana". But all of Sergio Leone's western movies were filmed in Spain (mostly in Almeria region), pretending to be New Mexico (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly), Arizona (Once Upon a Time in the West), California, or Texas. See more »


[first lines]
Buffy Summers: This is so unfair.
Willow: I don't think it's that bad.
Buffy Summers: It's the Über-suck. Mom could've at least warned me.
Xander: Well, a lot of parents are doing it this year. It's part of this whole cultural exchange magillah. The exhibit, the dance...
Willow: I have the best costume for the dance!
Buffy Summers: A complete stranger in my house for two weeks. I'm gonna be insane! A danger to myself and others within three days, I swear.
Xander: I think the exchange student program's cool. I do! It's a beautiful melding of two cultures.
Buffy Summers: ...
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Featured in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Gift (2001) See more »


Performed by Four Star Mary
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Xander's second demon love comes to town
17 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Oz and Jonathan appear in this episode, which is reason enough to watch it. Oz, part of the band "Dingoes Ate My Baby," will become Willow's love interest for the next couple seasons. And Jonathan will play a larger role in the series later on, especially in season 6. Their characters are important and I happen to like them a lot, so its nice to seem them in this episode... Even if both of them are only on screen for a few minutes. This is a fairly good episode overall. While it doesn't contribute much to the season's main story-arc, it is fun to see the Scoobies on a museum field trip and contending with the new foreign exchange students. It's definitely worth a look.

The episode itself revolves around an reanimated mummy, who Buffy mistakenly assumes is the foreign exchange student assigned to stay at her house. Sacifised at 17, the Incan princess, Ampata, has been in museum displays for years. Now, Ampata is eager to reclaim the life stolen from her. She hangs around with Buffy and the Scoobies, goes to Sunnydale High and even starts to date Xander. Unfortunately, she's being stalked by a sword-wielding ancient guard who wants to put her back in the museum. Plus, in order to stay "alive," Ampata has to suck the life out of unsuspecting victims. While Buffy and Giles try to figure out what's going on, Jonathan, Xander, and Willow all nearly die at Ampata's hands.

The episode has some pretty funny parts. Cordy and her foreign exchange student, Sven, are hilarious together. She drags him around like a puppy and he is completely befuddled by her use of the English language. Of course, that doesn't stop her from ordering him about. "Drink-y. Fruit-y Drink-y. Now!" And it's nice to see Oz take an interest in Willow. After watching her pine after Xander for so long, it's good that someone is finally pinning after her. I also like the connections that the show draws between Buffy's situation and Ampata's. Both of them were swept up in something beyond their control at a very young age and both of them yearn for a more normal life. Yet, Ampata tries to change things by hurting others, while Buffy accepts her fate and still fights to defend people. It's interesting.

On the downside, Angel's not in this episode. And "School Hard" is such a hard act to follow, that you find yourself wishing Dru, Angel and Spike's storyline could just pick up immediately. Also, I think that Xander is little harsh with Willow this episode. He says some insensitive things to her and seems so caught up in Ampata that he ignores Willow's feelings entirely. Of course, he does pull it out at the end and save Willow's life, so I guess it's pretty easy to forgive him.

My favorite part of the episode: Willow's costume. Geez, she looks cute in that little, furry, hooded get-up.

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